In this episode, we will deeply look at a number of distinctive modern rock bands who are actively performing in Korea. Starting from H2O, Korean modern rock came into the world in the 1990s.
It was a vocalist Kim Jun-won who came back on stage after studying his music in America and performed new wave sound in Korea for the first time. After taking a short break, he remade their group and presented them in public again.
From the late 1990s, there came out a number of modern rock and punk bands such as Cocore and Huckleberry Finn. Galaxy Express is said that it is currently one of the most inspiring rock bands in Korea. They are greatly encouraged by garage rock and tend to perform very refined heavy metal sound on stage. Monni led by a capable vocalist Kim Shin-ui is a group that was shown in a rock band survival program on TV and won popularity from the audience afterwards.
Bye Bye Badman inspired by Manchester sound is named after a British group, The Stone Roses and considered as a young group that play rock sounds with dancible beats.
HanUmPa and Loro's are experimental groups that have constantly been performing in public and have continuously releasing albums to the public.
Fantastic Drugstore is also inspired by the garage rock and appraised that they might be the next generation of Korean modern rock. LuLuLu plays an active punk sound presenting with a powerful female vocalist so the audience freely enjoys the feelings of their music.